An advanced helmet for advanced freeskiers.
Since most impacts to the head occur while you ragdoll down a slope, POC designed the Receptor Backcountry Helmet to protect against hard shocks as well as the brain-jostling that happens during high-speed crashes. Thanks to the award-winning MIPS technology, your vital gray matter doesn’t get jostled nearly as much as with standard helmets.
- MIPS technology employs a small plastic piece that breaks during harsh impacts and allows the liner and outer shell to rotate separately, which reduces the stress of ragdolling on your brain
- Tough ABS/PC outer hardshell withstands encounters with rocks and branches, and an aramid barrier between the shell and PC liner further reduces shock
- Equipped with RECCO avalanche rescue system in case of an emergency
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Goggle clip useless
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I ordered the POC Receptor Backcountry and a Smith Vantage and ended up keeping the Smith and returning this one. I liked the styling of the POC better, but I had trouble paying $50 more knowing that I would likely have to reposition my goggles, etc., if I wiped out. Just makes zero sense to me why they'd do that. Otherwise, I would've stuck with the POC. But the Smith Vantage was better bang for the buck.
Is the white helmet a glossy/shiny paint...
Is the white helmet a glossy/shiny paint or is it a matte paint? I can't tell from any pictures
POC Receptor's have a light matte finish.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
So I just got this in the mail and took it up to Breck this weekend (not enough for backcountry yet in CO), and I really like this helmet a lot. I am not going to say it is more comfortable than my Smith, and it is certainly not warmer, because it isn't plain and simple. What benefits it does provide is it has the MIPS (huge bonus) and it is multi impact, which as an avid backcountry skier, I really appreciate. So how do I get around the warmth and comfort? Right now I am wearing a light headband around my ears which makes up for the warmth issue. That worked beautifully and a little rearrangement of the padding on the inside accommodates the headband and ensures I still have a snug fit because if your helmet does not seat properly, you lose all of the protective benes. The chin strap is very soft under the chin and the helmet itself seats nicely, so no complaints there. Goggles fit great over this one. I roll with some Smith IOs and they fit perfect. aside from the above mentioned this is an absolutely awesome buy. I am happy that I won't have to replace this one for quite a while. I hope this helps some of you out.
I measure 58 cm, but long and narrow. Own...
I measure 58 cm, but long and narrow. Own a Skull Light, L, that needs replacing. But bought my kid a Receptor + , S, that I can get into. Tight fit, but doable. So that suggests a M. Do the Receptors fit really differently than the Skull or Comp series?
POC lists the same sizing for those models
Is this a fully adjustable helmet, or are...
Is this a fully adjustable helmet, or are you limited? I am back and forth from smalls and mediums, if I am on the in between should I go up and or down with this?
No, it's not adjustable. Use the sizing guide and measure carefully. I was on the edge and went for smaller size, because it's so important it fits snugly. There is no point paying for all this protection and then having your skull bang around inside it..
how does the Receptor Backcountry with...
how does the Receptor Backcountry with MIPS compare to the normal Receptor in terms of the thickness of the foam ? Does one have a lower profile than the other?
POC Receptor Backcountry Helmet
hello, i have the dre communications...
hello, i have the dre communications system from my old POC receptor bug communication helmet. if I buy the POC receptor back country, can i put in the dre neck band and earpieces that I got last year? thanks.
POC Receptor Backcountry Helmet
AN ADVANCED HELMET FOR ADVANCED FREESKIERS.
Does anybody have any experience with the...
Does anybody have any experience with the helmet in a rescue and/or beacon search scenario? Particularly, I'm wondering if the RECCO system could possibly interfere with additional beacon signals.
Without getting off into a whole big techie bunch of esoteric BS, no, there aren't any interference issues. Different types of systems on different frequencies. Recco doesn't transmit , but it's read at about 915 MHz. I guess it would be fairly accurate to call it passive. Active transmitters like avalanche beacons use a standard 457MHz, and PLBs use 426 MHz to signal the Copas/Sarsat system, then 121.5 MHz when the localized ground or air teams want to tune in on the location of the beacon signal more closely.
Use all three systems at once with confidence that they'll all do their jobs...bring snacks and have a SAR party when everyone shows up.
From what I've heard, most SAR's don't carry the gear to detect this. They are more inclined to have a beacon receiver. I don't count on it to do anything for me.
agreeing with bilp408302, recco is more of an inbounds system: used to search for people not wearing beacons.
Best of the bunch, but could use tweaks
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
After a very serious non-ski crash, I was looking for the best alpine skiing protection I could find. One more crash could be my last, but I'm not giving up the sport. I've used it about 10 ski days last season.
* The technology is the most attractive, nobody else has anything like it. Eclipses all my other comments.
*Has a bit more hard shell protection short of a race helmet.
* Warm enough
* good fit
* goggles are compatible. mostly.
Have not tried it on our uber-cold (below 0*F days) yet. I've always used my race helmet on those days. We'll see.
*vents are nearly flush - keeps the snow out of the recessess when I take a dump.
* Goggle clip on back is useless. My gogs don't have rubber on them. So I glued some velcro to the helmet.
* Vent system should be externally adjustable
* Audio system is way too expensive. I'll buy it for half that price.
I'd give it five stars if it fixed the two other cons or gave me a price break on the audio!
Favorite Skiing helmet
I love this helmet. Before I began buying poc brand helmets, I had lesser quality ones that never really felt solid. This helmet, however, feels bomber. It fits my head really well, and it looks very cool, which is important for a helmet, because if it is ugly and uncomfortable, the likelihood of you wearing it is slim. It is nice and warm when it needs to be, and vents well when it needs to. I love all the backcountry features, and extra safety features this helmet comes with. Fortunately, I haven't had an experience where these extra features have been needed, and hopefully I never will. But, I do feel confident that this helmet will keep my noggin safe in just about everything. I will always buy poc helmets from now on, no longer giro or the other contenders. Great helmet!
Perhaps my head is narrow, but long front to back, as I have found many helmets "wobble" laterally (left to right) to the extent I'm not sure the provide much protective value. This one, however, fits my noggin perfectly. In addition it is warm, yet provides ample breathing so my head doesn't get too warm.
Assuming all of the safety features of the helmet are true, along with the fit, I have found it to be worth the lofty price.
I would highly recommend and will buy POC for my family upon outgrowing their current helmets.
Just picked it up
I analyze things a bit too much. Like helmets and snow conditions. Then again, after my little crash, I take no more chances. I was looking for the best possible protection for Alpine skiing. Let's put it this way, I don't usually ski slow. For this day in time, this helmet is the is at the top of the pack. Since you don't know until it's too late, the least I could do is make sure it has as many defensive mechanisms as possible. Concussion is to of the list. The MIPS, the teflon layer and ABS were impressive. Very thoughtfully designed. I could have purchased a helmet for less than half the price, but why take a chance?
Make sure you put safety first. I'm not sure people's issues with comfort; I don't doubt them. I do wonder if they gave the helmet enough time on their noggin. Walk around the house with it for a half hour. Both your head and the foam needs to adjust to each other. I'm happy to have a snug helmet - the safer you are. BTW, I have an extremely fat head - the XL was the only size for me.
Now, the negatives. I am spoiled by my Giro's ventilation on the fly switch. I do perspire a lot; it would be nice not to have to take it apart. I knew that going into this, so it's not a complaint.
My biggest beef is the earphones. I know companies make a lot of money on options. But geeze, nearly half the price of the helmet? I do love my giro/SkullCandy combo. If you guys would knock the price in half, I'd think about it.
I have NOT skied with it yet. It should get a good shake down in a couple days, so I'll let you know then.
It gets five stars for now. I'll weigh in on the stars next week.
More info next week.
really nice helmet
fits very well. adjustment for chin strap is easy to use with gloves and with the helmet on. nice and warm and comfortable in both very cold and normal weather. i have not hit anything with them yet so i don't know about the impact results but i am told they are superb. i hope i don't find out.
Do you expect to receive more sizes anytime...
Do you expect to receive more sizes anytime soon? Looking for a black XL
looking for black M
Does the Receptor Backcountry MIPS come...
Does the Receptor Backcountry MIPS come with any audio options?
How does the multi-impact system work? Can the piece that breaks off during the initial impact be replaced to provide for any following impacts?
Any goggle recommendations?
Yes, it does have an audio option. The POC Communication Neck Roll is a direct replacement for the neck roll the helmet comes with. However, that means you will be taking away the RECCO feature of the helmet.
Now, POC's Multi-Impact SEPP liner is designed to withstand mutliple shocks or impacts. However, the structure will fracture from a catastrophic impact, just like any other helmet. The difference between this helmet and others that have an EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) liner, is that SEPP (Super Expanded Polypropylene) liner has a higher stress and flex limit than EPS does. So, this helmet theoretically can withstand more abuse than helmets with an EPS liner. Although, after any hard impact you should check for fractures in the shell and liner...if there are any, the helmet should be replaced.
To clarify your third question, no pieces of the helmet "break off"...the breaking you are thinking of is the fracturing of the SEPP liner upon a major impact.
Most goggles will be more than compatible with this helmet.
Huge POC Helmets Order
Been working at the POC warehouse this fall, and just threw together a huuuuge POC helmet order. So many Receptor Backcountry and Receptor Bug helmets for all you freeriders out there!